About Ian Gillies:
Ian Gillies is the son of the most amazing mother, and father to the most amazing son. 2015 opened the right doors to his new life as a published author. He has written for many years in a variety of formats, including music, poetry, and even a children’s book, but found his groove in historical romance. A love of family history and everything Templar led Ian to the culmination of his first published work, One Knight Standing, and the title of Best Selling Author.
An exciting life on the road and travel throughout the world, has supplied Ian with an abundance of real life experience to draw from as an author. Early on, he set himself ablaze when attending stunt school and spent 20 years on the road in the rock music industry while always taking time to educate himself.
In recent years, Ian settled down in his home of Newfoundland, an island in the Atlantic off of the East coast of Canada. He loves his writing time overlooking the ocean at his cabin, the great outdoors and spends his days surrounded by books at his job in an amazing university library. Ian loves his life as a full time single parent for an amazing son.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write and my writing inspirations are vastly different things. I believe part of my inspiration to write is my natural way of expressing myself. I speak my mind, could not stop myself if I wanted to, I tell people how I feel and what I think, the good and the bad, but I hope I express the positive things more. Since I was very young I have had an active imagination and the art of writing is very freeing for me. Every time I get something down on paper I get a feeling of accomplishment and seems to make room for more to flow. And the cycle continues.
Tell us about your writing process.
When it comes time to physically do the writing it is by the seat of my pants but there is an outliner in me that is always at work. By the time I sit to write the major portion of the story is outlined in my head and a lot of early details. Then the best part happens; as I write it is like reading, I do not know what will happen next until it is written and it can be just as emotional or just as great an experience as reading a new favourite story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No I do not believe that is true for me. I have lived a very colourful life with a lot of experience and have meet a lot of wonderful people. My characters to this point are bits and pieces of all the amazing, place, people and experiences with which I have had the pleasure of interacting.
What advice would you give other writers?
My best advice for writers would be to write. No matter what it is just write. It is always the start of something great. Even if your write your grocery list but put it in a story, just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I do not think it was my decision. I just took advantage of any opportunity that was presented for which I am very thankful.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will be a lot of self publishing unless publishers change.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical Romance, Erotica, Historical Fiction and Childrens
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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